The Duchess Wears her First Maternity Outfit as she Attends a Champagne Reception at The National Portrait Gallery


Last night, Kate was the guest of honor at a champagne reception to celebrate The Art Room’s 11th anniversary and launch a new fundraising campaign. The event was held at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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The Duchess became a patron of the charity last January. The Art Room helps school children – largely in deprived areas – aged five to 16 boost their self-esteem. self-confidence and independence through art.

Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Kate watched a brief video about the charity before making her second speech of the week to an audience of 250 artists, schoolchildren and supporters of The Art Room.
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The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in a bespoke, powder blue 50s style Emilia Wickstead cocktail dress and had a very definite baby bump.
Kate completed her outfit with nude tights, her grey suede Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’ Pumps (£375) and her UFO drop earrings. She had her hair curled and swept partly back from her face.

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Update 4/26/2013
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Some additional details have come out about Kate’s dress per People Magazine.
The pale blue silk blend, full skirted summer dress was a custom creation based on a dress in the current spring/summer collection from Emilia Wickstead.
The original is called the CZ dress, and it comes from a collection inspired by Truman Capote’s “society swans” – one of whom was CZ Guest. Although now sold out, it originally sold for $1500, but the bespoke version costs an extra $300, so Kate would have spent around $1,800. 

Girls Day Out: HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall & Kate Visit Fortnum & Mason

The Queen, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, all dressed in shades of blue, made an official visit to Fortnun & Mason. The luxury store was founded in 1707 and is a well-known foodie haven located in central London. It has held a Royal Warrant for over 150 years.

The Queen and two Duchesses arrived by car and were greeted by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The royal trio toured the store and enjoyed tea with over 150 guests at the newly renovated St James’ Restaurant. The restaurant has been renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Station to mark the queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Before leaving, they were each presented with a Fortnum’s hamper, containing items such as champagne truffles and dog biscuits.

Kate wore a simple, single breasted blue tweed dress coat by Italian label M Missoni (£765). Two small yellow daffodils were pinned to her lapel in honor of St David’s Day.

The dress coat is the Italian brand’s diffusion line and comes from their Autumn/Winter 2010 collection (no longer available). It is thought that Kate bought it a few months ago at the Bicester village outlet.

The Duchess’s coat had a vintage feel with frayed panels, seams and edges. Underneath her coat, we caught a glimpse of the cornflower blue Zara dress Kate wore the day after the wedding.

I have searched the web high and low and cannot find the sold out M. Missoni dress coat. There is, however, a red one currently listed on Ebay for $2,500.

Kate completed her outfit with nude tights, her grey suede Rupert Sanderson Malone Pumps (£375),  her Links of London Hope egg earrings (£275) and, of course, her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

Kate is all smiles as she attends Garter Day celebrations

Earlier today, Kate was all smiles as she took part in Garter Day celebrations with the Royal Family.

William was made a Knight of the Garter, becoming the 1,000th member of the Order – founded more than 600 years ago by Edward III, who sought to institute a band of knights similar to those on King Arthur’s Round Table. Membership is restricted to Royals and 24 others, such as former prime ministers.

Kate looked elegant in a Katherine Hooker dove-gray, cowl neck dress and matching jewel cuffed Katherin Hooker ‘Buxton’ coat (Summer 2011 Collection). Her Rachel Trevor-Morgan ‘Bespoke’ headpiece, suede court shoes and suede clutch were also gray.

The coat was customized especially for Kate. Beaded lace trim was added to the cuffs and waistband. To fasten the coat and emphasize her tiny waistline an antique clasp was used. The coat material was silk and the color is ‘Ash.’

Kate wore a diamond cruifix pendant, Kiki McDonough earrings (from the ‘Grace Collection’) and of course her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
Kate is wearing her hair half up.

Update 6/22/11

This just in…Kate’s shoes have been identified — she chose to wear a pair of Rupert Sanderson ‘Malone’ Grey Suede High Heel Pumps £375.00.
Description from the Rupert Sanderson web site

‘High heel pumps with a comfortable rounded toe and squared instep. Velvety grey suede for a timeless luxurious look. A classic chic day to evening style. Leather insole. 100mm heel.’

Update 8/6/11

Kate’s clutch has been ID’ed! It is a bespoke ‘Carole Clutch’ from the English Elegance Collection by Emmy

Prices begin at £230 and you can choose either leather or suede.

Update 12/26/2011
Kate’s diamond-studded cross has been ID’d. It is by Kiki McDough.